Keep Your Child Protected This Academic Year: Threadworm Explained

September is the start of the academic year and is arguably one of the busiest times of the year for parents and children returning to Nursery and School. Making sure your child’s hands are washed could prove to be a challenging experience. This year has seen a rise in cases of Threadworm infections reported in nurseries around the country. Threadworms, also known as pinworms, are tiny parasitic worms that infect the large intestine of humans. Threadworms are a common type of worm infection in the UK, particularly prevalent in children under the age of 10. Worms appear white in stools and look strikingly similar to small pieces of thread. It is also possible to notice them around your child’s bottom. In some cases, Threadworms do not cause symptoms, however, people have reported itchiness around the bottom or vagina. Itchiness often worsens during night time which can be a clear indication of infection. There are many ways in which a Threadworm infection can spread. Thankfully we have a range of products available that can minimize and eliminate infection. Prevention Preventing a Threadworm infection can be a challenging experience. However, maintaining good hygiene and making sure your children’s hands are washed regularly can help to prevent the infection from spreading. Our Enduro Hand Sanitiser can help keep both you and your children’s hands clean in-between washes and meals. Enduro Hand Sanitiser is tested and proven to be sporadically active against C. difficile. Its pleasant foam formulation is kind to skin and preserves natural skin oils rather than stripping them like alcohol based products. For added protection and peace of mind, Enduro remains...

AHS Receives Double Award from Build

What a better way to start off the new year than to announce that we have been presented with two accolades from Build 2016 Facilities Management Awards for the Best Workplace Hygiene Experts and Excellence in Clinical Waste Management for South East England. This recognition of our services could not have come at a better time, as we recently celebrated 10 years of AHS (we will talk more about that later – as that celebration deserves its own post). If you are unaware of what the Build Awards are, they’re a platform that rewards the best in technical innovation, property industries, design and worldwide construction. The Facilities Management Awards acknowledges the “hidden heroes” (as they like to call it) within the Facilities Management industry; the awards are a declaration of their excellence and dedication to their profession. Now I’m sure you can imagine why we are so excited to be rewarded these two awards out of all the facilities management companies in the whole of South East England! Over the 10 years we have spent building AHS, we have ensured that we always remain committed to our clients’ welfare and our environment, whilst working proactively to solve everyday problems which enables our customers to carry on with their working day. In a world where environmental policy is held with such high esteem, we strive to provide services that contain a limited amount of chemicals, reduce water and energy usage and we grid plan our vehicles for the best fuel consumption. We can all agree this is a pretty hard task but AHS has managed to conquer this which confirms...
5 Hand Hygiene Tips for Kids!

5 Hand Hygiene Tips for Kids!

Good hand hygiene is the best defence we have against infections and this is particularly helpful when children start nursery or school where bugs are in abundance. We know it can be tricky to get your child to wash their hands so we’ve put together our hand hygiene tips for kids! Experiment This is perfect if children are visual learners. In a bowl, get some body lotion and ask your child to mix some glitter into it. When the glitter and body lotion are all mixed together and all over their hands ask them to shake your hands or pick up their favourite toy. As you’re doing this, show them how easy it is for the glitter to end up around the house or school. When washing their hands, point out how the glitter is washed away, especially when you wash your hands thoroughly. This experiment is good as you are able to explain that some germs are not bad but highlights how hands need to be washed after the toilet or after sneezing. Colour Kids love to colour in so if you want them to understand the importance of hand hygiene, it is time to get creative! Draw your own posters of germs or simply a picture of someone or your child’s favourite character washing their hands. If drawing is not your thing, pass the pen over to your child or visit Pinterest. Sing! World Health Organisation recommend washing your hands thoroughly for twenty seconds with soap and warm water. A good way to do this with kids is to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice so they know they are washing...
Hygiene in the Workplace

Hygiene in the Workplace

Hygiene and cleanliness in the workplace is very important to ensure employees and visitors are happy and healthy. We provide many products and services that will help keep your workplace nice and clean. We like to make hygiene in the workplace as easy as possible and you’ll probably find with the right hygiene solutions in place it will help with your cleaning processes too. Here we show you how AHS help. Washrooms Good hygiene at work is very important and as most germs and bacteria originate from the washroom it is crucial it is kept as clean and as hygienic as possible. Our WC sanitiser definitely helps between periods of cleaning. It feeds in a measured dose of active product into the cistern which then attacks hard water deposits in the toilet bowl, preventing the unsightly scale that can form. It also kills up to 99.3% of bacteria and germs and the foam concentrate keeps toilets hygienic and odour-free. When it’s time to clean the toilet you will notice it will need less elbow grease and harmful chemicals. It’s also more hygienic for you as it reduces the chances of sickness. Similarly, we provide a Bio-Breakdown chemical spray which is the best way to clean your urinals and surrounding areas as it kills bacteria and that unmistakable urine stench, leaving it clean and hygienic. Enclosed Working Environments Whether you work in an office, care home or warehouse it is likely bad smells will arise, whether that’s because someone is having fish for lunch, someone has smoked in a small hotel room or you care for the elderly. It can be hard to eradicate...
Can you Improve on Perfection?

Can you Improve on Perfection?

AirSteril products are the best, boasting unbeatable technology that always delivers excellent results. It’s hard to believe they could work better.  Well, now they do.  AirSteril completely eradicates bad smells and kills bacteria on surfaces and in the air, helping to reduce sickness in the workplace. The performance of all the units has been substantially improved which means even greater reduction in contamination, both on surfaces and in the air, giving you an even safer and more hygienic workplace. The Technical Bit… The lamps now all feature a Tungsten core meaning they have greater reliability than ever before with more resistance to temperature variance. Titanium Dioxide Catalysts have now been added to create Photo Catalytic Oxidisation (PCO) – one of the most powerful airborne disinfection processes known to man. PCO eliminates pollen, pet dander, mould, bacteria and viruses in the air, as well as VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) such as Methane, Benzene, Ammonia, formaldehyde. Even toxic gases, such as nitrous oxide and carbon monoxide are reduced or destroyed. So whether you work in a school, care home, funeral directors or an office you will find AirSteril to be a huge benefit to your workplace. We have units suitable for different environments and demands such as Washrooms, Healthcare, Commercial and Mobile Units.  Contact us for a FREE consultation: Tel: 0208 317 9693 Email: enquiries@absolutehygienesolutions.com Follow us on Twitter Like us on...
Getting Tough on Bad Odours

Getting Tough on Bad Odours

If you have a particular room in your workplace that has an offensive stench and no amount of cleaning is helping, why not try AirSteril?  It’s an odour control innovation that uses the latest technology to eradicate bad odours and replaces it with a fresh, mountain air smell. It also kills bacteria on the surface and in the air, making your workplace hygienic and smell-free. Cleaning can be frustrating as you are unable to treat the root cause of a problem area – once the area is re-used, bacteria returns and grows at a rapid rate, bringing the smells back until the next cleaning session, creating a vicious circle. Smells Explained Those offensive odours that hit you are created by bacteria and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) found in the air. In urinals for example, that unmistakable odour is due to the build-up of scale and uric salts clogging pipes which provides a breeding ground for bacteria. Consequently, the smell and germs only multiply. These airborne micro-organisms compromise hygiene standards and pose significant hygiene and reputational risks to all businesses. There are specialised AirSteril units available that have been created for different industries and to suit different demands such as, healthcare environments, washrooms and commercial. There are portable AirSteril units available too which can be moved from room to room as required, for example this is effective if someone has smoked in a hotel room. Simply place the AirSteril in the room and it will get to work purifying the air within an hour, leaving you to carry on with your normal cleaning routine. This is beneficial for businesses as...
FAQs: Healthcare Waste Management

FAQs: Healthcare Waste Management

If your workplace generates Healthcare waste there are more legislative measures and procedures and is governed a lot more closely and securely than general waste. We provide a healthcare waste management service providing everything you need from sharps containers to disposal. If you have a question that is not listed below do not hesitate to contact us by calling 0208 317 9693 or emailing enquiries@absolutehygienesolutions.com   1. What is healthcare waste? Healthcare is also known as ‘Clinical or Hazardous Waste’. It could be: • Blood and other bodily fluids • Needles, syringes and other sharp implements • Swabs or dressings • Human or animal tissue The business types that require this service are varied such as dentists, doctors, hospitals, vets, funeral directors and tattooists. 2. Do I need to know the waste colour codes?  Not necessarily as we will take away all of this stress for you and ensure you’re complying with all legislation. We will however sit with you and explain why we’re giving you a particular container. The colour codes let waste carriers and disposal companies know what is inside the container or bag and how it should be dealt with. Check out this Healthcare Waste poster. 3. Do you send your waste to landfill? No. We use the ‘Waste to Energy’ disposal method for all our waste, Healthcare or Offensive. All of the energy generated is recovered by the plant and the steam is used to heat our local hospital. Any surplus energy goes straight back to the National Grid. Sending waste to landfill is detrimental to the environment – they release harmful gases and can contribute...
FAQs: Sanitary Services

FAQs: Sanitary Services

When you own or rent a building for your business there are lots of things you need to think about and one of them is your sanitary services. We get a lot of queries regarding sanitary services – whether that’s asking about sanitary waste disposal or requesting sanitary bins. We’ve put a lot of the frequently asked questions here into one place for you so you know what is required. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a question that’s not on here. You can either email enquiries@absolutehygienesolutions.com or call us on 0208 317 9693 or even tweet us @AbsoluteHygiene or on Facebook. 1. Do I have to provide sanitary bins? Yes, even if you have just one female employee in your company. If not, you’ll be breaking The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulation Law which states, ‘suitable and sufficient sanitary conveniences should be provided at readily accessible places’. Providing sanitary bins gives people a discreet and hygienic way to dispose of feminine hygiene waste which also means a pleasant washroom. Our sanitary bins have an active plant extract treatment which renders bacteria harmless and odour-free; it is also non-toxic and biodegradable. Our units are made from recycled plastic. Find out more here. 2. Can I dispose of sanitary waste myself?  No. Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 it is unlawful to deposit, recover or dispose of controlled waste without a waste management license or in a way that causes pollution of the environment or harm to human health. AHS are licensed waste carriers and we dispose of your sanitary waste safely, providing a full audit trail of...
How Eco-Friendly Is Your Business?

How Eco-Friendly Is Your Business?

We are very proud to say we’re an environmentally friendly company offering a variety of eco-friendly products. It’s important we make an effort to protect our environment and the good news is, it only takes small changes to make a big difference.  Here we detail five areas in your workplace which you can change to make sure your business is as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible. You could even save some money in the process. Let us know what you think by tweeting us @AbsoluteHygiene or liking us on Facebook! AHS and the Environment Firstly, it starts with us. We’re ISO 14001 accredited so we are committed to being environmentally conscious. From choosing our product design, packaging and products to servicing we always consider the environment. In fact all of our products can be recycled. Reduce Your Water Usage Even if you’re a small business or a big company you might be using more water than necessary. When people wash their hands the taps may continue running long after they’ve been washed and dried. With a Pushatap we quickly convert your existing tap into a highly efficient delay tap which could save you 85% on your water usage! Similarly with your toilets or urinals they could be automatically flushing up to 9 litres typically four times an hour which is roughly 315,000 litres of water per year. What does 315,000 litres of water look like? 3939 bath tubs 10 petrol tankers 15,750 water cooler bottles 4848 washing machine cycles 9004 showers With an AHS Water Management System reduces your water usage right down to 78,840 litres or 13,140 litres per annum, depending...
Five Reasons why you should have Floor Mats in your Workplace

Five Reasons why you should have Floor Mats in your Workplace

Indoor or outdoor floor mats enhance your business whilst showing an added level of care for visitors and employees. Whether you’re looking for custom entry mats or anti-fatigue mats we have the floor care solution to suit your business’s needs. If you’re debating on whether to get floor mats read on to see why we think they’re a great addition to the workplace.  They make a great impression You only get a very short time to impress your business visitors and mats are a great way to do this to get the WOW factor, especially if you choose to custom one of our indoor or outdoor mats. You can add your company’s logo and/or picture and have the choice of over 40 colours. The custom entry mats look fantastic and really elevate your workplace. They protect your floors As well as all of our indoor and outdoor mats looking the part, they are very practical too. They trap dirt and water so your floors are cleaner and hygienic. Placing our mats in high traffic areas, such as reception desks and corridors, will help to prolong the life of your floors. They will also save you money on cleaning and on potentially replacing your flooring. Create a safer working environment Our mats not only protect your floors but they also help to make your workplace safer. We have a wide range of mats available to suit different environments from industrial mats, cable mats to wet area mats. They prevent any trips and falls and any expensive compensation claims! Keep employees happy & comfortable Our mats make your employee’s working areas more comfortable, especially our anti-fatigue mats...